Lee County resident and Florida SouthWestern State College student Kimberly Brett has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Gardening for You and Me.
Brett has enjoyed gardening from a young age. She used this lifelong passion of growing food and flowers as the focus of her Gold Award. Brett noticed an abandoned planting bed at her school, so she formulated a sustainable project that involved ESE students in the creation and maintenance of a flourishing garden.
Her goal was to help beautify the campus while providing nutritious homegrown food and promoting healthier eating habits.
“From this project, I learned how important a leader’s role is,” Brett said. “I developed communication, strategic decision-making, self-motivation, and time management skills.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.